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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Childhood Cavities

Taking steps to prevent cavities in your child’s early development is the best way to start good oral health habits that continue throughout life. Educating them on proper daily oral hygiene, the importance of a nutritious diet, and other factors that are good for their oral health can go a long way toward minimizing the risk of cavities and other teeth and gum concerns. Our dentists at Smile for Life Dental place a high emphasis... Continue Reading

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

Gums that bleed while flossing can be due to a number of issues; however, if it is a common occurrence, it may likely be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. To be sure, bleeding gums while flossing and performing daily oral hygiene routines could be caused by factors other than gum disease. These include a vitamin deficiency, a reaction to certain medications, ill-fitting dentures, or even the fact that you may have just started flossing... Continue Reading

How to Get Rid of a Tooth Infection

A tooth infection can endanger your oral health and your general health. Caused by a buildup of bacteria that affects the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues inside the tooth’s pulp, a tooth infection can result from severe decay, an untreated cavity, a fracture in the enamel, or even just poor oral hygiene routines. Some of the symptoms of a tooth infection include extreme pain and/or pressure in the tooth, an abscess that creates a... Continue Reading

Does Smoking Affect Dental Implants?

Our dentists believe that smoking just before dental implants are placed, and anytime after the procedure, can have a significantly negative effect on a variety of levels. In addition to increasing the risk of infection, smoking may dramatically slow the rate of healing after surgery. Plus, research has shown that there are high implant failure rates among individuals who smoke. Smoking can be detrimental to both soft oral tissues and bone tissue, which can severely... Continue Reading

What to Eat After Teeth Whitening

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After a professional teeth whitening treatment, you’ll naturally want to keep the results of your whiter, brighter smile going for as long as possible. While the effects of teeth whitening won’t be permanent, they can last for extensive periods as long as you take a few precautions, particularly when it comes to the food and beverages you consume after you’ve had the treatment. Knowing the types of food that can be helpful and which ones... Continue Reading

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Even the smallest chip in a tooth can have a noticeable effect on the appearance of your smile. These very common dental conditions can result from traumatic impact, falls, or trying to open a bottle or a package with your teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Dean Lodding and our experienced team of dentists offer numerous treatments that can address chipped teeth and renew the look of your smile with natural-looking results. A chipped tooth can often cause... Continue Reading

How Many Dental Implants Will I Need for My Implant Denture?

An implant denture essentially offers patients a hybrid version of dental implants and custom dentures, reaping the benefits of both of these advanced treatments to provide exemplary missing teeth replacement results. Implant dentures do not require a dental implant for each missing tooth; instead, only a select number of implants will be necessary, and these implants will work to provide a stable and secure basis of support for the custom denture that will be placed... Continue Reading

In-Office BOTOX® Injections for TMJ Disorder and Facial Rejuvenation

Smile for Life Dental recently welcomed a skilled new dentist to our team, Dr. Gabrielle Chevance, who is extensively trained in administering BOTOX® injections and other injectable options. Dr. Chevance offers BOTOX® injections for the treatment of TMJ Disorder, as well as for patients who would like to reduce signs of facial aging and achieve a more youthful appearance. These procedures can be performed right here at our office, without the need to refer you... Continue Reading

What To Expect With Your Gums When You’re Expecting

As you know, when you are pregnant there are a lot of changes going on in your body. What you might not know is that there are changes that can occur in your mouth as well. You may begin to notice more bleeding and tenderness than normal. This is due to hormonal changes and a decrease in your immune system. When you are pregnant, your homecare efforts are even more important to help decrease bacterial... Continue Reading

When You Are Not Ready to Commit!

* Part 2 of a 3 part series* You want to cosmetically enhance your smile, but you don’t want the commitment that porcelain veneers would need. In the preparation process for porcelain veneers, a portion of each tooth is permanently reduced and this cannot be reversed.  But, there is a way to avoid this permanent alteration to your teeth and still have the beautiful smile you want. What are prepless veneers? Prepless or no-prep veneers... Continue Reading